Celebrate the jewels of the Mediterranean with this hearty, throw together salad. Light and stylish, it’s quick to do and tastes amazing.

The quantities and ingredients you use will depend on the number you’re making for, what you happen to have and what you like.

If you don’t like olives, leave them out!

If you’re not keen on chilli, then only put a little into the dressing and taste it first.

You’ll need..

  • Tomatoes
  • Sliced roasted red peppers
  • Spring Onions
  • Rocket or other salad leaves
  • Olives
  • Feta Cheese
  • Cured meat (Pastirma is a good substitute for parma ham)
  • Basil Leaves
  • Olive Oil
  • Dried Thyme
  • Chilli flakes
  • Salt

Preparation

The dish is prepared and assembled as you go.

First make up the dressing of olive oil, dried thyme and chilli flakes and a little salt—stir all together and place in a bowl.

Cube the feta cheese and place in the dressing to marinade a little while you carry on with the rest of the dish.

Slice the tomatoes into good sized pieces, removing the core and arrange around the plate equally spaced.

Tuck a basil leaf by each tomato piece.

In the center of the plate mound up roughly ripped rocked or the leaves you are using.

Place a few strips of the roasted red peppers across the top.  Now remove the cheese carefully from the marinade and place a cube between the tomatoes, and a few extra in the center on the leaves.

Take the cured meat and roll them up lightly and distribute on the dish.

Slice the spring onions on the diagonal and scatter across the dish.

Scatter the olives around.

Dribble the dressing around.

Admire your creation, then dig in!

Variations

The great thing with a salad is you can add all kinds of things, like..

  • capers
  • artichoke hearts
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • red onion
  • dill
  • fried sucuk slices
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • grilled aubergine slices
  • mushrooms in oil

For a creamier dressing, dilute a tablespoon of mayonnaise with water (or white wine if you like) to a single cream consistency—a small whisk is ideal for this, then add a flavouring:

  • Pesto
  • Mustard (whole grain works well)
  • Lemon juice or 1 drop of lemon oil (if you use juice, use that to dilute the mayo in the first instance)
  • Tahini
  • Olive paste

The list is endless, have fun.

 

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